Avoid The Appearance Of Evil – VAYESHEV

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D’VAR TORAH
VAYESHEV – AND HE SETTLED
BERESHIT (GENESIS) 37.1-40.23

Avoid The Appearance Of Evil

• Bereshit / Genesis 37:1 – 40:23
• Amos /Amos 2:6 – 3:8
• Mattityahu / Matthew 1:1-6

Bereshit {39:6} He left all that he had in Yoseph’s (Joseph’s) hand. He did not concern himself with anything, except for the food which he ate. Yoseph was handsome, and well-favored. {39:7} It happened after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes on Yoseph; and she said, “Lie with me.”{39:8} But he refused, and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has put all that he has into my hand. {39:9} He is not greater in this house than I, neither has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and chat’at (sin) against G-D?”{39:10} It happened that as she spoke to Yoseph day by day, that he did not listen to her, to lie by her, or to be with her. {39:11} It happened about this time, that he went into the house to do his work, and there were none of the men of the house inside. {39:12} She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me!” He left his garment in her hand, and ran outside. {39:13} It happened, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and had run outside, {39:14} that she called to the men of her house, and spoke to them, saying, “Behold, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice. {39:15} It happened, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment by me, and ran outside.”
There is so much we can learn from the story of Yoseph. Volumes can be written on it. However, the passages that I have focused in on teach a very important principle. In studying these verses I have taken this principle and have incorporated it into both my personal and professional life. Yoseph, we are aware, was a single man; however, this principle applies to single woman, married men and married woman as well.
Potiphar’s wife had her eyes on Yoseph. He was young, he was handsome and he was a slave. Certainly she thought that she would be able to seduce him without too much effort. Most men would have easily given in to this woman’s advances, but not so with Yoseph, he answered to a higher authority. Is that what got Yoseph into trouble, his not giving in to his boss’s wife? Certainly when we consider the events leading up to accusations she made against him we could come to that conclusion. But was it his running out on Potiphar’s wife that got him into trouble or was that only a symptom of the problem?
Tesolonilim Alef (1Thessalonians) {5:22} Abstain from all appearance of evil.
This verse explains the cause of Yoseph’s problem. He had grown so familiar with being in Potiphar’s home that he became complacent about being there when he was alone in the house with Mrs. Potiphar.
We know from the Scripture passages above that Mrs Potiphar made advances over and over again to Yoseph, so he was certainly aware of her intentions. Why then would he risk being alone with her in the house? Had Yoseph not allowed himself to be alone in the house with this woman he would have not found himself in a compromising position. Granted HaShem works all things out for our good but perhaps two years in prison could have been avoided while still allowing G-d to achieve the final chapter of this story.
And so the principle we can gain from this story and apply to our own lives is; never put yourself into a possibly compromising position by being alone with a woman/man who is not your wife/husband, anywhere. This includes a car! As I said, I have applied this principle to both my personal and professional life and it has served me well. I have even gone further and will never counsel a woman alone in my office. As well I must add that I also avoid being alone with a man I do not know and certainly I avoid being alone with a child. We need to avoid the appearance of evil and we need to protect ourselves from the possible evil designs of other people and HaSatan (Satan).

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Less Than We Deserve – VAYISHLACH

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D’VAR TORAH
VAYISHLACH – AND HE SENT
BERESHIT (GENESIS) 32.4-36.43

Less Than We Deserve

• Bereshit / Genesis 32:4 – 36:43
• Ovadia / Obadiah 1:1-21
• Ivrim / Hebrews 11:11-20

Bereshit {32:24} Ya’acov (Jacob) was left alone, and wrestled with an ish (man) there until the breaking of the day. {32:25} When he saw that he did not prevail against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh, and the hollow of Ya’acov’s thigh was strained, as he wrestled. {32:26} The ish said, “Let me go, for the day breaks.” Ya’acov said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” {32:27} He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Ya’acov.” {32:28} He said, “Your name will no longer be called ‘Ya’acov,’ but, ‘Yisrael,’ for you have fought with G-D and with men, and have prevailed.”
As this Parasha opens we read about Ya’acov sending out messengers to his brother Esav with idea of impressing him by his wealth. To me, this is evidence that Ya’acov still feared his brother. Further proof of his fear is revealed, when we read that after finding out that his brother was coming to meet him with four hundred men, he went into panic mode and divided his company into two camps. Subsequently, Ya’acov’s fear causes him to question G-d and the promises He had made to him. Finally, Ya’acov takes matters into his own hands and attempts to bribe his way out of trouble by sending his brother waves of gifts.
It is amazing how debilitating fear can be. It clouds our judgement and causes us to do things we might normally not do. Ya’acov had been running a way all his life; first from his brother, then from his father-in-law and then once again from his brother. I would be tempted to say that Ya’acov may have had a problem with confrontation. Most people who have this problem and prefer to run then to confront. We pick up our commentary where Ya’acov before learning how to confront man had to learn how to confront G-d.
Ya’acov had always wrestled with man and failed. However, his problem was not with man it was with G-d. HaShem had chosen him to be the heir of the promises given to his fathers and if he was going to succeed as the heir he had to learn how to lean on G-d; hence the divine confrontation.
In the opening of this story we are told that Ya’acov wrestled with a man. However, it did not take long for him to realize that his opponent was no mere man; he was wrestling with G-d. Standing his ground and fighting was a totally new experience for Ya’acov, he never stood and fought, he much preferred to run. Not this time, however. Obviously, Ya’acov had enough of running; this time he was going to stand his ground and fight.
For Ya’acov to become the true heir of the promises he needed to take hold of G-d and not let go, he need to stop relying on himself and his own wits and start relying of G-d and that is exactly what happened. Ya’acov refused to let go of G-d until He blessed him. Yes, Ya’acov got his blessing, but more then that he finally stopped running and put his trust in HaShem. As a result of this victory in his life Ya’acov’s name was changed and he was blessed by G-d.
What was Ya’acov’s blessing? He was blessed with prevailing with G-d and man. In other words, whereas before he was a self centered man Ya’acov became a G-d centered man. However, you cannot run from G-d for so many years and expect there to be no consequences.
Bereshit {32:25} When He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the hollow of his thigh, and the hollow of Ya’acov’s thigh was strained, as he wrestled.
Ya’acov had to live with this consequence for the rest of his life. It was a constant reminder of his past disobedience.
We would do well to take a lesson from Ya’acov. We can not allow fear to consume us and cloud our judgement. We can not run from confrontation but must learn how to confront and deal with difficult situations in our lives. Most of all if we want to prevail with G-d and man we must cling to HaShem and refuse to let Him go until He blesses us. As with Ya’acov we have a past and as a result consequences. Thankfully HaShem is merciful and always give us less then we deserve.

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Time Flies When You Are In Love

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D’VAR TORAH

VAYETZE – AND HE WENT OUT

BERESHIT (GENESIS) 28.10-32.3

  • Bereshit / Genesis 28:10-32:2
  • Hoshea / Hosea 3:6-14:10
  • Yochanan / John 1:19-51

 

Bereshit {29:16} Lavan had two daughters. The name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. {29:17} Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful and well favored. {29:18} Ya’akov (Jacob) loved Rachel. He said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter.” {29:19} Lavan said, “It is better that I give her to you, than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me.” {29:20} Ya’akov served seven years for Rachel. They seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had for her.

Have you ever noticed that when you love doing something, even if it is hard work, it seems easy? Also when you love your job, the day just seems to fly by. Compare that to a boring job, one that you just can not get into; for a job like that the day just seems to drag on and quitting time can not come fast enough.

My wife and I, as of this writing, have been married one month shy of twenty two years. As with all marriages we have had our challenges but because of the love we have for each other the years seem to have just flown by.

Every week here at Congregation Melech Yisrael, at both our Erev Shabbat and Shabbat services, we recite the liturgical prayer: “V’ahav’ta et Ad-nai Elohecha, b’chal l’vav’ch uv’chal naf’sh’cha uv’chal m’odecha (And you shall love the L-rd your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your resources). From what we know about how time flies when we love something, we can appreciate that loving HaShem is very significant.

I have been a Believer in Yeshua HaMashiach for more than thirty years and because of my love for HaShem those years seem to have passed like the blink of an eye. This is significant when we consider how important it is for us to stay focused on a walk of righteousness. If it felt like our relationship with the L-rd was dragging, just think how difficult it would be for us to persevere in our walk and in our relationship with Him.

There is yet another thing I would like us to notice from our story of Ya’acov and Rachel. Even though Ya’acov was fooled and disappointed by his father-in-law Laban, he did not give up on his love for Rachel; in stead he gladly worked another seven years for her hand in marriage.

Time and time again I have come across people, Believers, who after being disappointed because their prayers were not answered or because they felt abandoned by G-d, fall away from serving Him or completely backslide into their old life. Sadly, this is only an indication of their lack of true love for HaShem.

I truly hope that this can not be said of you and that your love for HaShem is so strong that no matter what happens in your life your love for Him remains constant and the days and years that you spend with Him just feel like they are flying by.

Mizmor (Psalm) {119:32} I shall run the way of Your commandments, for You will enlarge my heart. {119:33} Teach me, HaShem, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end. {119:34} Give me understanding, that I may observe Your Torah and keep it with all my heart. {119:35} Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. {119:36} Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to dishonest gain. {119:37} Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, and revive me in your ways. {119:38} Establish Your Word to Your servant, as that which produces reverence for You.

 

 

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Dan and Melissa David in Concert Nov. 9th!

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Dan and Melissa David in Concert Nov. 9th!

 

 

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Hatred Destroys Lives – Toldot

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D’VAR TORAH

TOLDOT – GENERATIONS

BERESHIT (GENESIS) 25.19-28.9

 

Hatred Destroys Lives

”          Bereshit / Genesis 25:19-28:9

”          Shmuel Alef / 1 Samuel 20:18-42

”          Romim / Romans 9:1-13

 

 

Bereshit {27:41} Esav (Esau) hated Ya’akov (Jacob) because of the blessing with which his ‘ab (father) blessed him. Esav said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my ‘ab are at hand. Then I will kill my brother Ya’akov.” {27:42} The words of Esav, her elder son, were told to Rivkah (Rebecca). She sent and called Ya’akov her younger son, and said to him, “Behold, your brother Esav comforts himself about you by planning to kill you. {27:43} Now therefore, my son, obey my voice. Arise, flee to Lavan, my brother, in Charan. {27:44} Stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury turns away; {27:45} until your brother’s anger turn away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him. Then I will send, and get you from there. Why should I be bereaved of you both in one day?”

In this story of Esav and Ya’acov we can see the affects of hatred on a person’s life, as well as the affect it has on the life of the hated person.

We are told here that Esav hated Ya’acov. We know that Esav was the father of the Edomites. It was the Edomites who stood by and watched as the Assyrians attack and kill thousands in Yisrael (Israel) and who themselves lay in wait and killed those from Yisrael who were attempting to escape from the Assyrians. Sad when you consider that Esav and Ya’acov were blood brothers. They should have loved and respected each other and that love should have been passed down through the subsequent generations. Instead, because Esav hated Ya’acov, that hate was passed down and even exists between their generations to this very day.

But the affects of the hatred even runs deeper. Esav because of his hatred was estranged from his brother and eventually his family because of the pagan women he married. Eventually Esav left the faith of his forefather Avraham and fell into idolatry. Because deception leads to greater deception, over the centuries, the religion of Islam was born and as a result, the hatred between Jews and Muslims has multiplied.

However, Esav’s hatred did not only affect him and his generations it also affected Ya’acov and his generations. As a result of Esav’s hatred for his brother, Ya’acov had to run for his life. From that time on Ya’acov mistrusted Esav. This mistrust was revealed in Scripture when the two encountered each other while Ya’acov was fleeing from Laban. Ya’acov told Esav he would meet him in Seir but then proceed with his entourage in an opposite direction towards Succoth (Bereshit 33:13ff). So Esav’s hatred affected the life and the decisions Ya’acov made, after being reunited with his brother. Despite the fact that they seemed to have reconciled, Ya’acov still mistrusted his brother. This mistrust has been passed down through the generations of Ya’acov unto this very day.

Mattityahu (Matthew) {5:21} You have heard that it was said by them of old time, “You shall not murder; and whosoever shall murder shall be in danger of the judgment:” {5:22} But I say unto you, “That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment…”

Let this story of Esav and Ya’acov, be a lesson for us all. Our hatred of anyone, will not only affect us and the person we hate but it will also affect both parties’ future generations.

Yochanan (John) {13:34} “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. {13:35} “By this all men will know that you are My talmidim (disciples), if you have love for one another.”

 

 

 

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Testing Will Come- Chayei Sarah

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D’VAR TORAH

CHAYEI SARAH – SARAH LIVED

BERESHIT (GENESIS) 23.1-25.18)

 

 

Testing Will Come

 

 

  • Bereshit / Genesis 23:1-25:18
  • Malachim Alef / 1 Kings 1:1-31
  • Korintim Alef / 1 Corinthians 15:50-57

 

 

Bereshit {24:1} Avraham (Abraham) was old, and well stricken in age. HaShem had blessed Avraham in all things. {24:2} Avraham said to his servant, the elder of his house, who ruled over all that he had, “Please put your hand under my thigh. {24:3} I will make you swear by HaShem, the G-D of heaven and the G-D of the earth, that you shall not take a wife for my ben(son) of the daughters of the Cana’anites, among whom I live. {24:4} But you shall go to my country, and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Yitzchak (Isaac).”{24:5} The servant said to him, “What if the ishah (woman) is not willing to follow me to this land? Must I bring your son again to the land you came from?”{24:6} Avraham said to him, “Beware that you do not bring my son there again. {24:7} HaShem, the G-D of heaven, who took me from my ‘ab’s (father’s) house, and from the land of my birth, who spoke to me, and who swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. {24:8} If the ishah is not willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath. Only you shall not bring my son there again.”

Without a doubt HaShem blesses us when we are obedient. HaShem told Avraham that he should not allow his son to intermarry with the pagan Canaanites’. So when looking for a wife for his son Yitzchak he made his servant vow that he would not take a wife for him from among the Canaanites’. He made him vow that he would go to relatives from where he was born and take Yitzchak a wife from there. In addition HaShem had told Avraham that he should never go back from where he came. So when asked by his servant what should be done if the girl he chooses will not return with him Avraham stayed faithful to HaShem’s command and had his servant vow never to bring Yitzchak back to that place.

I do not think it was by sheer luck that Avraham’s servant found a girl, had his prayer answered, found out that she was related of his master’s family and that she was willing to go to Yitzchak. HaShem blessed the trip. Let us face it; HaShem blessed those who are obedient.

I agree that it would have been easy for Avraham to resist taking a wife for Yitzchak from among the Canaanites’. They were a pagan society and a cursed nation. HaShem had promised Avraham their land so they were going to eventually be disposed. However, it would have been more difficult for Avraham to resist the second situation. When asked what if the girl his servant found would not return with him, Avraham without hesitation rejected that his son go back to where they came from. He knew that HaShem will be true to his promise so he would not allow his family to be removed from the land he was promised.

Avraham was faithful and because of his faithfulness HaShem blessed him and provided Yitzchak with the perfect wife.

I trust that we are all taking a lesson from this story because many of us second guess HaShem’s commands and at times go against them. I come across this most in the area of employment. When a person joins Congregation Melech Yisrael, having come from a church, most of the time they have a job which require them to work on the Shabbat. Once incorporated into the congregation and they understand the sanctity of the Shabbat, they ask me if they should quit their job. My answer is always for them to first pray and ask HaShem to put it upon their employer’s heart to release you from working on the Shabbat. HaShem knows our heart and if our desire is not to work on the Shabbat He will work it out. I have also come across those from within the congregation who have lost their job and are looking for work. It is very difficult to find employment that does not require you to work on Shabbat, especially for jobs that require shift work. It is easy to turn down prospective employers that require working on Shabbat if you have just started looking for work, however, as the week, and months pass with no prospect of finding a job that does not require having to work on the Shabbat, taking any job becomes a lot more tempting.

Avraham was tested; he made the correct choices; HaShem blessed him for it. We should not think that we are immune from G-d testing us.

Yaacov (James) {1:2} Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, (1:3} knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. {1:4} And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

I have seen many people give in and be disobedient to HaShem’s commandments. As a result they suffered for it both physically and spiritually. I have also seen many who suffered, at first, because they were obedient to G-d commandments only in the end to be blessed both physically and spiritually.

My prayer for you is that when your time of testing comes that you will not compromise and that you will remain obedient to HaShem.

 

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Кой друг народ е толкова велик? – ВАЕТХАНАН – УМОЛЯВАХ

Д‘ВАР ТОРА

ВАЕТХАНАН – УМОЛЯВАХ

ДВАРИМ (ВТОРОЗАКОНИЕ) 3:23-7:11

 

 

Заглавие:                    Кой друг народ е толкова велик?

Тора:                           Дварим/ Второзаконие3:23-7:11

Афтара:                      Йешаяху/ Исая40:1-26

Брит Хадаша:             Мордехай /Марк12:28-34

 

 

Дварим (Второзаконие){4:7}Защото кой друг народ е толкова велик, че боговете му да са толкова близо, както Йехова, нашия Бог, е близо когато и да Го призовем? {4:8}Или кой народ е толкова велик, че да има толкова справедливи наредби и закони, какъвто е целият този закон, който излагам днес пред вас? {4:9}Само внимавай и усърдно пази душата си, да не би да забравиш делата, които си видял, и да не би да ги забравиш през всички дни на живота ти; но ги напомняй на синовете си и на внуците си;

 

 

Преди няколко дни гледах документален филм за основаването на Държавата Израел през 1948 г. Бяха показани документални кадри – аудио и видео – с Давид Бен Гурион – първият министър-председател на Израел, който насърчава събраната от всички нации армия от патриоти, които се бият за новосъздадената си държава. Те трябваше да се бият срещу ордите войници от арабските нации, които ги нападнаха и обградиха. Положението изглеждаше невъзможно. И въпреки че израелската армия беше малка на брой, зле подготвена, ако изобщо можем да кажем, че е била подготвена; с недостатъчно  оръжие, тя разгроми врага и отново се появи еврейската държава, заобиколена от враждебни нации, които искат унищожението й. Само Бог можеше да им спечели тази победа. Все едно се бяхме върнали в библейски времена, когато Израел с Божията помощ разгромяваше армии, които го превъзхождаха многократно.

 

{4:7}Защото кой друг народ е толкова велик, че боговете му да са толкова близо, както Йехова, нашия Бог, е близо когато и да Го призовем?

 

Нашият Бог е мощен Бог и е близо до народа Си и закриля Земята Си.

Аз редовно поддържам връзка с приятели в Израел и от тях разбирам какво се случва там – неща, които западните медии не съобщават. Например, разбрах за една ракета, която „Хамас“ е изстреляла и според чиято траектория тя е трябвало да удари централната автогара в Тел Авив. Това е гъсто населен и оживен район, с големи офис сгради и голям търговски център, който винаги е пълен с хора. Израел е изстрелял прихващаща ракета чрез системата „Железен купол“, но опитът е бил неуспешен – нещо, което рядко се случва. Бил е направен и втори и трети опит – и те неуспешни, което почти никога не се случва. Незабавно са били изпратени екипи да евакуират района и медицинските екипи са били готови да поемат евентуални пострадали. Всички знаели, че ако ракетата улучи, ще има безпрецедентна загуба на живот и много щети. Изведнъж се задал силен вятър – толкова мощен и силен, че променил посоката на ракетата и тя паднала в морето. Дали това е просто случайно или е чудо? Истината е, че много подобни неща се случват по време на настоящата война в Газа, неща, които не могат да се обяснят със случайност, защото са чудеса.

 

„Хамас“ и другите арабски народи не могат да победят, никога няма да победят. Не защото противникът им е по-добре екипиран и подготвен, а защото се бият срещу Бога на Израел, Който не е обещал земята на тях, а на децата на Израел.

{4:7}Защото кой друг народ е толкова велик, че боговете му да са толкова близо, както Йехова, нашия Бог, е близо когато и да Го призовем?

 

Дерзайте, всички вие, които сте част от Божия народ – както евреи, така и не-евреи, защото вие служите на един мощен Бог и сте част от народа, за който Той се грижи, така че можете да кажете с увереност.

{4:7}Защото кой друг народ е толкова велик, че боговете му да са толкова близо, както Йехова, нашия Бог, е близо когато и да Го призовем?

 

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Nchi iliyoje kubwa? – VA’ETCHANAN

D’VAR TORAH

VA’ETCHANAN – NIKA SIHII

DEVARIM (KUMBUKUMBU LA TORATI) 3:23-7:11

 

Mada:                          Nchi iliyoje kubwa?

Torah:                          Devarim/Kumbukumbu la torati 3:23-7:11

Haftarah:                     Yeshayahu/Isaya 40:1-26

Brit Chadasha:                        Mordechai/Marko 12:28-34

 

Devarim {3:7}Kwani liko taifa gani kubwa huku ambalo lina Mungu karibu nao kama HaShem Mungu wetu alivyo, wakati sisi tumuombapo? {3 8}Ni taifa gani kubwa lilo na amri na mahusia kama ilivyo hi torah zima ninayo iweka mbele yenu leo? {3:9} Kueni tu makini, na mjiangalia vyema wakati wote mtakapokuwa hai, ilimsisahau yalw mliyo yaona kwa macho yenu, ili mambo haya yasitoweke katika nyoyo zenu, Bali, muwajulishe watoto na wajukuu wenu.

Siku nyingine nilikuwa nikitazama masimulizi (dokiumentari)  kuhusu kuanzishwa kwa Taifa la Yisrael (Israeli), iliyotokea 1948.  Ilionyesha vipengele vya uhakika vya  kauli na picha ya filamu inayoonyesha David Ben Gurion, waziri mkuu wa kwanza wa Yisrael, akiongoza na kuwahimiza jeshi na wazalendo walio na masambara na waliochoka waliokuwa wakipigania nchi yao changa. Walipigana dhidi ya vikosi vya mataifa ya Kiarabu yaliyowashambulia na kuwazunguka.  Ilionekana kama hali haiwezekani. Hata hivyo, licha ya idadi yao ndogo na licha ya ukweli kwamba walikuwa wana mafunzo duni, kama walikuwa na mafunzo kweli, na licha ya ukweli kwamba walikuwa hawana  silaha, waliwashinda adui na kwa mara nyingine tena wajiimarisha wenyewe kama Jimbola Wayahudi katikati kuzungukwa na mataifa yenye chuki, uadui, waliojitolea kwa uharibifu wao. Ni  HaShem tu angeliweza kuwatimizia ushindi kama wao. Ilikuwa ni kama nyakati za Biblia wakati Yisraeli, kwa msaada wa HaShem, waliwashinda majeshi yenye nguvu zaidi yao mara mbili na tatu

{3:7} Kwakuwa ni taifa gani lilo kubwa lenye Mungu karibu nao kama HaShem Munguwetu alivyo, tunapomuita?

Mungu wetu ni Mungu wa kushangaza yuko karibu na watu wake na Analinda nchi yake.

Mara kwa mara nawasiliana na marafiki huko Yisrael na kwa sababu hiyo hupata kusikia yanayoendelea huko ambayo hayapashwi na viombo vya habari vya Magharibi.  Kwa mfano, nilielezewa kuhusu kombora  kutoka Hamas lililokuwa lirushwe moja kwa moja kueleke kituo kikuu cha gari moshi cha Tel Avi. Hili ni eneo lenye watu wingi wa watu na lenye kuhamani na lenye maofisi makubwa, pamoja na maduka makuu ya kisasa, wakati wote zimejaa wanunuaji na watu wakielekea na kutoka katika kituo cha gari moshi. IDF walituma komboro la chuma kuba ilikuligonga lakini lika kosa jambo ambalo ni nadra sana kutokea.  Mara moja amri ikatoka watu wahamishwe na magari ya kubeba majeruhi, watibabu na madaktari wawe tarayi kutibu majeruhi. Kulikuwa hakuna shaka kuwa rocket ingelisababisha madhara na vifo visivyokuwa vya kawaida. Punde , ikaarifiwa , upepo mkubwa ukavuma.  Ilikuwa kubwa na yenye nguvu kiasi kwamba ilibadisha mkondo wa komboro na kuipeperusha kando ya njia bila ajali nakuipeleka katika ukanda wa pwani na ndani ya bahari. Hiyo ilikuwa ni bahati au ni miujiza? Kitu ni kwamba, vitu vingi kama hivi vimetenda wakati wote huu vita  dhidi ya Gaza; vitu ambavyo ni vya mara kwa mara ambavyo hatuwezi kuelezea kama bahati tu; ni miujiza.

Hamas na mataifa yote ya Kiarabu haya wezi kushinda, hawata shinda. Sio kwa sababu wanapiga na walio na silaha bora , walio na  jeshi lenye mafunzo bora lakini ni kwa sababu ni wanapigana dhidi ya Mungu wa Yisrael na Hakuwahaidi nchi, Aliwahaidi wana wa Yisrael na:

{3:7} Nani nchi gani iliyo kubwa ambayo ina Mungu  karibu nao kama HaShem Mungu wetu alivyo, wakati wowote tunapomuita?

Jipeni moyo nyie mlio sehemu ya na mnaojumuhishwa ndani kama watu wa Mungu, wote Wayahudi na wasio Wayahudi, kwa sabba mnamtumikia Mungu wa kushangaza na mlio sehemu ya taifa analolijali na Analituza na kuliangalia; kwa nguvu kiasi kwamba nyie pia mtasema kwa ushujaa: {3:7} Naninchi gani iliyo kubwa ambayo ina Mungu karibu nao kama HaShem Mungu wetu alivyo, wakati wowotw tunapomuita?

 

 

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En ek het gepleit / Va’etchanan Watter groot volk?

D’Var Torah

…En ek het gepleit / Va’etchanan

Watter groot volk?

 

Deuteronomium / Devarim 3:23 – 7:11

Jesaja / Yeshayahu 40:1 – 26

Markus / Mordechai 12:28 – 34

 

Deuteronomium / Devarim {3:7} “Want watter groot nasie het gode wat vir hulle so naby is soos die HERE onse God so dikwels as ons Hom aanroep? {4:8}  En watter groot nasie is daar wat sulke regverdige insettinge en verordeninge het soos hierdie hele wet wat ek julle vandag voorhou? {4:9}  Neem jou net in ag en wees terdeë op jou hoede, dat jy die dinge nie vergeet wat jou oë gesien het nie, en dat hulle uit jou hart nie wyk al die dae van jou lewe nie; en jy moet dit aan jou kinders en jou kindskinders bekend maak:”.

 

Ek het onlangs gekyk na ‘n dokumentêr program oor die totstandkoming van die staat Israel, wat in 1945 plaasgevind het. Darin is werklike uitrekesels, sowel klank as videoopnames vertoon van David Ben Gurion, Israel se eerste Minister, waarin hy die skamele weermag en patriote wat vir hulle jong tuisland veg, gelei en aangemoedig het.

 

Hulle het geveg teen hordes Arabiese volkere, wat hulle aangeval en omsingel het. Dit het geblyk om ‘n onmoontlike situasie te wees. Ten spyte van hulle geringe getalle, swak opleiding, indien enige, en gebrek aan wapens en geskikte gevorderde wapentuig, het hulle die vyand egter wonderbaarlik verslaan en daarin geslaag om hulle sodoende weereens te vestig as ‘n Joodse staat, te midde van omringende vyandiggesinde volkere wat vasbeslote op hulle vernietiging ingestel was. Alleenlik God kon hulle van so’n oorwinning verseker.

 

Dit was soos in Bybelse tye toe Israel, met die hulp van God leërmagte, twee-en driemaal groter en sterker as hulleself, verslaan het.

 

Deuteronomium / Devarim {3:7} “Want watter groot nasie het gode wat vir hulle so naby is soos die HERE onse God so dikwels as ons Hom aanroep? ”.

 

Ons God is ‘n ontsagwekkende God. Hy is naby Sy volk en beskerm Sy land.

Ek is gereeld in verbinding met vriende in Israel en verneem gevolglik van dinge wat dáár gebeur, wat nie aan die Westerse nuusmedia bekendgemaak word nie. So is ek by voorbeeld meegedeel van ‘n aanvallende missiel vanaf Hamas wat direk op die sentrale treinstasie van Tel Aviv geprojekteer was. Dit is ‘n digbevolkte en besige area met omringende groot kantoorblokke asook ‘n groot, moderne inkopiesentrum, wat altyd vol kopers is en passasiers wat na en vanaf die treinstasie beweeg. Die Israeliese weermag het ‘n “Iron Dome”-missiel afgevuur om die betrokke teiken vanuit die lug te tref maar dit het sy teiken gemis – iets wat hoogs uitsonderlik gebeur. ‘n Tweede missiel is onmiddelik daarna afgevuur, wat ook op onverklaarbare wyse nie die teiken getref het nieen selfs met ‘n derde missiel het dieselfde gebeur. Daar is sonder versuim ‘n bevel uigereik om die bogemelde area te ontruim en noodvoertuie asook dokters en ander mediese personeel op ‘n gereedheidsgrondslag te hou vir die behandeling van beseerdes. Daar was geen twyfel dat ‘n missiel sou tref en ongeëwenaarde lewensverlies en skade kon veroorsaak nie. Skielik is daar gerapporteer dat ‘n hewige sterk wind ontstaan het en die omvang daarvan teweeggebring het dat die issielbaan in so’n mate gewysig is dat dit skadeloos oor die kus beweeg en in die see gestort het. Die vraag ontstaan dus: was dit toeval of ‘n wonderwerk? Veel meer sulke voorvalle het tydens die huidige oorlog met Gasa gebeur; trouens, so dikwels dat dit hoegenaamd nie aan blote toeval gewyt kan word nie – dit is voorwaar wonderwerke!

 

Hamas en die ander Arabiere nasies kan beslis nie wen nie – hulle sal nooit oorwin nie. Nie op grond daarvan dat hulle nou teen ‘n beter toegeruste, beter opgeleide mag veg nie, maar omdat hulle die stryd teen die God van Israel voer en Hy die land nie aan húlle belowe het nie – Hy het dit aan die kinders van Israel belowe en:

 

Deuteronomium {3:7} “Want watter groot nasie het gode wat vir hulle so naby is soos die HERE onse God so dikwels as ons Hom aanroep? ”.

 

Wees dus vol moed, julle wat deel is van – en ingesluit is onder God se volk – beide Jode en nie-Jode – omrede julle ‘n ontsagwekkende God dien en deel is van ‘n volk vir wie Hy sorg, in so’n mate dat julle ook met vertrou kan sê:

 

Deuteronomium {3:7} “Want watter groot nasie het gode wat vir hulle so naby is soos die HERE onse God so dikwels as ons Hom aanroep? ”.

 

 

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真實和虛偽 – Ekev

D’VAR TORAH

EKEV – 因為

DEVARIM (申命記) 7.12-11.25

 

 

Title:                            Real or Phoney            真實和虛偽

 

Torah:                          Devarim/申命記 7:12:11:25

Haftarah:                     Yeshayahu/以賽亞書 49:14-51:3

Brit Chadasha                         Yochanan/約翰福音 15:1-17:26

 

Deu 7:12  「你們果然聽從這些典章,謹守遵行,耶和華你神就必照他向你列祖所起的誓守約,施慈愛。 7:13  他必愛你,賜福與你,使你人數增多,也必在他向你列祖起誓應許給你的地上賜福與你身所生的,地所產的,並你的五穀、新酒,和油,以及牛犢、羊羔。 7:14  你必蒙福勝過萬民;你們的男女沒有不能生養的,牲畜也沒有不能生育的。 7:15  耶和華必使一切的病症離開你;你所知道埃及各樣的惡疾,他不加在你身上,只加在一切恨你的人身上。

這實在是很划算的交易,你同意嗎?遵從神的誡命就會換來神一切身體和物質上的賜福。事實上,這簡直好得難以置信!透過以色列人,在此我們得到了一個保證能獲得財富、健康以及成功的處方。不過請等一下,接下來神是怎樣說的?

Deu 8:2  你也要記念耶和華你的神在曠野引導你這四十年,是要苦煉你,試驗你,要知道你心內如何,肯守他的誡命不肯。 8:3  他苦煉你,任你飢餓,將你和你列祖所不認識的嗎哪賜給你吃,使你知道,人活著不是單靠食物,乃是靠耶和華口裡所出的一切話。 8:4  這四十年,你的衣服沒有穿破,你的腳也沒有腫。 8:5  你當心裡思想,耶和華你神管教你,好像人管教兒子一樣。

這一段話聽起來好像和前一段互相矛盾似的!但事實上並沒有矛盾。首先,這段經文讓我們想起一個問題。難道神不是無所不知的嗎,怎麼這裡說祂要試驗我們是否誠心要守祂的誡命?祂難道不是知道過去,現在,將來,從時間的開始一直到時間的終結,祂不是知道所有的一切嗎?既然這樣爲什麽神還要試驗我們,祂豈非已經知道我們的心是怎樣的?

答案是因為在我們四周有許多假的信徒。虛假的信徒比虛偽的人更令人生厭。我們都情願與誠實的人打交道,一點不錯!

Psa 27:11  耶和華啊,求你將你的道指教我,因我仇敵的緣故引導我走平坦的路。

詩人真正要說的意思是:“主啊,教導我如何像你一樣的活著。教導我做一個誠實的人。”

虛偽的人裝腔作勢(爲了使別人注意及喜歡自己而扮成另一副面孔)。虛偽的人是不快樂的人,因為他們必須掩蓋真我,粉飾自己。誠實的人是坦誠的(他們性格直率,對於自己是誰也滿有信心)。

人際關係如何,人與神的關係也相仿。神要求我們誠實。你不能戴著面具去見神,即使你這樣做,祂也能看見你面具的背後。聖經告訴我們神不看人的外貌,祂只看人的內心。

有許多人因為宗教的原因而遵行神的誡命。這些人所信的是宗教,因此,他們事奉的是宗教而非事奉神。可悲的是,這種人通常不知道自己信奉宗教,而他們身邊的人大部份也不會認為他們信奉宗教,倒認為他們是忠誠遵守誡命的神的僕人。只有試驗(上述經文裡所提到的)才能將他們的真心顯露出來,不是顯給神看,而是顯給他們身邊的人以及他們自己看。

神試驗我們的誠實!當然祂是完全知道我們(從裡到外),但我們認識自己嗎?其他人認識我們真實的面目嗎?申命記8章2節所說的苦練就是為此!苦練把真誠的和虛假的分開。真誠的會得到第一段經文中所有的應許,而虛假的則會露出他們的真面目。

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Omdat – Ekev

D’Var Torah

Omdat – Ekev

Die werklikheid of bedrog

 

Torah: Deuteronomium / Devarim 7:12 – 11:25

Haftara: Jesaja / Yeshayahu 49:14 – 51:3

Brit Chadasha: Johannes Yochanan 15:1 – 17:26

 

Deuteronomium / Devarim {7:12} “En omdat julle na hierdie verordeninge sal luister en dit hou en volbring, sal die HERE jou God vir jou die verbond en die goedertierenheid hou wat Hy jou vaders besweer het; {7:13}  en Hy sal jou liefhê en jou seën en jou vermenigvuldig, en Hy sal die vrug van jou liggaam seën en die vrugte van jou land, jou koring en jou mos en jou olie, die aanteel van jou beeste en die aanteel van jou kleinvee, in die land wat Hy aan jou vaders met ‘n eed beloof het om aan jou te gee. {7:14}  Geseënd sal jy wees bo al die volke; daar sal by jou geen man of vrou onvrugbaar wees nie, ook nie onder jou vee nie. {7:15}  En die HERE sal elke krankheid van jou wegneem en al die kwaai siektes van Egipte wat jy ken, nie op jou lê nie; maar Hy sal dit lê op almal wat jou haat. ”.

 

Sou julle nie saamstem dat dit ‘n wonderlike voorwaarde is nie? In ruil daarvoor dat ons God se gebooie onderhou, sal Hy ons seën met voorspoed en alle fisiese seëninge; trouens, dit klink byna te goed om waar te wees! Wat ons, deur die  ervaring van die kinders van Israel leer, is dat ons hier geskenk word met ‘n gewaarborgde voorskrif vir welvaart, gesondheid en voorspoed, maar laat ons eers ‘n bietjie wag om te verneem wat God verder sê:

 

Deuteronomium / Devarim {8:2} “En jy moet dink aan die hele pad waarlangs die HERE jou God jou nou veertig jaar lank in die woestyn gelei het tot jou verootmoediging en beproewing, om te weet wat in jou hart is, of jy sy gebooie sal hou of nie. {8:3}  En Hy het jou verootmoedig en jou laat honger ly en jou die manna laat eet wat jy en jou vaders nie geken het nie, om aan jou bekend te maak dat die mens nie van brood alleen lewe nie, maar dat die mens lewe van alles wat uit die mond van die HERE uitgaan. {8:4}  Jou klere het aan jou nie verslyt en jou voet het nou veertig jaar lank nie geswel nie. {8:5}  Erken dan in jou hart dat die HERE jou God jou onderrig soos ‘n man sy seun onderrig,”.

 

Hierdie gedeelte klink byna soos ‘n weerspreking van die inhoud van die voorafgaande Skrifgedeelte! Dit is egter in werklikheid nie die geval nie, want allereers ontstaan die vraag oor hierdie gedeelte: Is God dan nie alwetend nie, want na alles, sê dit vir ons dat God ons opregtheid in die onderhouding van Sy gebooie op die proef sal moet stel? Is Hy dus nie vertroud met die verlede, hede en toekoms nie? Dra Hy nie kennis van alles vanaf die begin van die tyd tot die einde van die tyd nie? Waarom moet God ons dan toets indien Hy bewus is van alles wat in ons harte aangaan?

 

Die antwoord is geleë in die feit dat daar baie bedrieglike / onegte gelowiges is. Niemand het tyd vir ‘n bedrieër nie, wat nog vir ‘n bedrieglike gelowige? Ons almal verkies egter om te verkeer met – en sake te doen met eerlike mense!

 

Psalm / Tehillim {27:11} “HERE, leer my u weg en lei my op ‘n gelyk pad, vanweë my vyande.”.

 

Wat die Psalmis hier sê, is: “Leer my hoe om te lewe soos wat U leef, Here. Leer my om eerlik te wees.”.

 

‘n Bedrieglike persoon gee voor wat hy / sy nie is nie (hy / sy probeer mense beïndruk en gee dus voor om méér te wees as wat hulle werklik is). Bedrieërs is ongelukkige mense omdat hulle altyd moet voorgee om iets of iemand te wees wat hulle in werklikheid geensins is nie. Eerlike mense daarenteen is as’t ware “deursigtig” – hulle is oop, vertrou hulself en wie hulle is).

 

Soos in die geval van menslike verhoudings, netso is dit ook met God. God verwag eerlikheid van ons. Ons kan nie voor God ‘n masker dra nie – ‘n mens kan dit probeer, maar Hy sien wat agter die masker is. Die Bybel leer ons dat God nie na ons uiterlike kyk nie, maar wel hoedat ons van binne lyk.

 

Baie mense onderhou God se gebooie omdat hulle godsdienstig is. Hulle glo meer in godsdiens en daarom dien hulle eerder godsdiens as om God te dien. Ongelukkig is hierdie mense nie altyd eers bewus daarvan dat hulle godsdienstig is nie. Dikwels word hulle deur mense om hulle, nie as godsdienstig beskou nie, maar eerder as opmerksame, toegewyde dienaars van die Here. Alleenlik deur hulle op die proef te stel – soos in die tweede Skrifgedeelte beskrywe – sal hulle harte blootgelê word nie aan God nie, maar aan diegene om hulle, asook aan hulleself.

 

God toets ons eerlikheid! Sonder twyfel ken Hy ons van binne en van buite, maar ken ons onsself? Ken ander mense ons – wie óns werklik is? Dit is waaroor verootmoediging, soos in Deuteronomium 8:2 gemeld, eintlik gaan! Verootmoediging skei die werklike gelowiges van die onegte gelowiges; eersgenoemde sal die beloftes, soos in Deuteronomium 7:12 – 15 vervat, ontvang terwyl die bedrieërs ontbloot sal word vir wie hulle werklik is.

 

Congregation Melech Yisraelalle regte voorbehou

 

 

 

 

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ЕКЕВ – ПОРАДИ

Д‘ВАР ТОРА

ЕКЕВ – ПОРАДИ

ДВАРИМ (ВТОРОЗАКОНИЕ) 7.12-11.25

 

Заглавие:                    Истински или фалшив?

Тора:                           Дварим/ Второзаконие7:12:11:25

Афтара:                      Йешаяху/ Исая49:14-51:3

Брит Хадаша:             Йоханан /Йоан15:1-17:26

 

 

Дварим (Второзаконие){7:12} И ако слушате тези закони и ги пазите и изпълнявате, Господ, твоят Бог, ще пази за тебе завета и милостта, за която се е клел на бащите ти: {7:13} и ще те възлюби, ще те благослови и ще те умножи; ще благослови децата ти и плода на земята ти, житото ти, виното ти и маслото ти, и роденото от говедата ти, и малките от овцете ти в земята, за която се е клел на бащите ти да я даде на тебе.{7:14} Ще бъдеш благословен повече от всички племена; няма да има бездетен или бездетна между вас или безплодни между добитъка ви.{7:15} Господ ще отстрани от тебе всяка болест и няма да докара върху тебе нито една от злите египетски болести, които познаваш, а ще ги наложи върху всички онези, които те мразят.

 

Това звучи като доста добро споразумение, не мислите ли? В замяна на следването на заповедите Му, Бог ще ни благослови и направи да благоуспяваме с всички физически благословения. Дори звучи твърде добре! Дава ни се гарантирана формула за богатство, здраве и благоуспяване, но нека да видим какво още казва Бог:

Дварим (Второзаконие){8:2}  И да помниш целия път, по който Господ, твоят Бог, те е водил през тези четиридесет години в пустинята, за да те смири и да те изпита, за да узнае какво има в сърцето ти, дали ще пазиш заповедите Му или не. {8:3} И те смири и като те остави да огладнееш, хранѝ те с манна (която беше храна, непозната на теб и на бащите ти), за да те научи, че човек не живее само с хляб, но че човек живее с всяко слово, което излиза от Господните уста. {8:4} Облеклото ти не овехтя, нито кракът ти отече през тези четиридесет години.{8:5} И така, да се съобразиш, че както човек наказва сина си, така и Господ, твоят Бог, наказва тебе.

 

Този пасаж звучи почти като противоречие на първия! Но всъщност не е. Възниква един въпрос във връзка с този пасаж. Не е ли Бог всезнаещ – защо тук ни се казва, че Бог трябва да изпита дали сме искрени в спазването на заповедите Му? Нали Той знае миналото, настоящето и бъдещето? Не знае ли всичко от самото начало до края на времето? Защо тогава Бог трябва да ни изпитва, когато вече знае какво се случва в сърцата ни?

 

Отговорът е: поради фалшивите вярващи. Никой не обича фалшиви хора, какво остава за фалшиви вярващи. Всички предпочитаме да си имаме работа с честни хора, нали?

 

Псалм{27:11} Научи ме, Господи, на пътя Си и ме води по равна пътека поради онези, които ме причакват.

 

Това, което псалмистът казва тук е: „Научи ме да живея като Теб, Господи. Научи ме да бъда честен.“

 

Фалшивият човек си придава важност и се опитва да впечатли хората, представяйки се за нещо повече отколкото е. Фалшивите хора са нещастни хора, защото трябва да се преструват, че са нещо, което не са. Честните хора са прозрачни; (те са открити и уверени в себе си).

 

Както и при взаимоотношенията с хората, Бог изисква честност от нас. Не можеш да носиш маска пред Бога – можеш да опиташ, но Той вижда зад нея. Библията ни учи, че Бог не гледа на лицето ни, а на сърцето ни.
Много хора следват Божиите заповеди, защото са религиозни. Те повече вярват в религията и служат на религията, а не на Бога. Тъжното е, че често такива хора, дори не знаят, че са религиозни. Често дори и хората около тях не ги възприемат като религиозни, а като съблюдаващи и посветени служители на Бога. Само изпитването така, както е описано в по-горния пасаж, може да изобличи сърцата им – не пред Бога, но пред тях самите и пред останалите.

 

Бог изпитва нашата искреност! Със сигурност Той знае какво е вътре в нас, но ние знаем ли? Знаят ли другите хора кои сме всъщност? Това се има предвид под смирението във Второзаконие8:2! Смирението разграничава истинското от фалшивото. Истинското ще наследи обещанията във Второзаконие7:12-15, а фалшивото ще бъде изобличено.

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Verdadero o Falso – Ekev

D’VAR TORAH

Ekev – PORQUE

 

 

Título: Verdadero o Falso

 

Torá: Devarim / Deuteronomio 7: 12: 11: 25

Haftará: Yeshayahu / Isaías 49: 14-51: 3

Brit Chadasha Yohanan / Juan 15: 1-17: 26

 

 

Devarim {07:12} »Por haber oído estos Chuchim (decretos), haberlos guardado y puesto por obra, HaShem, tu Di-s, guardará contigo el brit (pacto)  y la misericordia que juró a tus avot (padres). {07:13} Te amará, te bendecirá y te multiplicará, bendecirá el fruto de tu vientre y el fruto de tu tierra, tu grano, tu mosto, tu aceite, la cría de tus vacas y los rebaños de tus ovejas, en la tierra que juró a tus padres que te daría. {07:14}  Bendito serás más que todos los pueblos; no habrá en ti hombre ni mujer estéril, ni en tus ganados. {07:15}  Apartará HaShem de ti toda enfermedad, y ninguna de las malas plagas de Mitzrayim (Egipto) que tú conoces hará caer sobre ti, sino que las hará caer sobre todos los que te aborrezcan.

 

Esto suena como un buen negocio, ¿no te parece? A cambio de los siguientes mandamientos de HaShem nos bendecirá y nos prosperará con todas las bendiciones físicas. De hecho, suena demasiado bueno para ser verdad! Lo que, a través de Bnei Yisrael (los hijos de Israel), está dando aquí es una fórmula garantizada para la riqueza, la salud y la prosperidad, pero espera un momento, ¿qué dice Di-s al lado?

 

Devarim {8: 2}  Te acordarás de todo el camino por donde te ha traído HaShem á, tu Di-s, estos cuarenta años en el desierto, para afligirte, para probarte, para saber lo que había en tu corazón, si habías de guardar o no sus mitzvoth (mandamientos). {8: 3}   Te afligió, te hizo pasar hambre y te sustentó con maná, comida que ni tú ni tus padres habían conocido, para hacerte saber que no sólo de pan vivirá ish (hombre), sino de todo lo que sale de la boca de Jehová vivirá el hombre. {8: 4}  El vestido que llevabas puesto nunca envejeció, ni el pie se te ha hinchado en estos cuarenta años. {8: 5}   Reconoce asimismo en tu corazón, que, como castiga el hombre a su hijo, así HaShem, tu Di-s, te castiga.

 

Este pasaje suena casi como una contradicción al paso anterior! En realidad, sin embargo, no lo es. En primer lugar, una pregunta viene a la mente en relación a esta porción de la Escritura. ¿Es Di-s no es omnisciente, después de todo, nos dice que HaShem tiene que probar nuestra sinceridad en guardar sus mandamientos? ¿Acaso no es así, El conoce el pasado, presente y futuro? ¿No sabe todo desde el principio de los tiempos hasta el final de los tiempos? Así hace Di-s nos tiene que probar cuando Él ya sabe lo que hay en nuestros corazones?

La respuesta es porque hay una gran cantidad de creyentes falsos por ahí. A nadie le gusta una persona falsa y mucho menos un creyente falso. A todos nos gusta estar alrededor y hacer negocios con gente honesta, y de bien!

 

Tehilim (Salmos) {27:11} Enséñame tu camino, HaShem, y guíame por senda de rectitud a causa de mis enemigos.

 

Lo que el salmista está diciendo es “Enséñame a vivir como usted vive Adonai. Enséñame a ser honesto.

 

Una persona falsa se ​​da aires (que tratan de impresionar a la gente y hacer parecer que ellos mismos son más que lo son). Personas Falsas son gente infeliz porque tienen que pretender ser algo o alguien que en realidad no lo son. Las personas honestas son transparentes; (que están abiertos y confiados en sí mismos y lo que son).

 

Como lo es en las relaciones humanas por lo que es con Di-s. Di-s requiere honestidad de nosotros. No se puede usar una mascarilla con Di-s, usted puede intentar, pero ve detrás de la máscara. La Biblia nos enseña que Di-s no se fija en nosotros en el exterior, sino que  ve en el interior.

 

Muchas personas siguen los mandamientos de Di-s, ya que son religiosos. Esta gente cree más en la religión y, por lo tanto sirven la religión en lugar de servir a Di-s. Lo triste es que este tipo de personas muy a menudo ni siquiera saben que son religiosos. Muchas veces los que les rodean también no ven que son religioso, sino más bien los ven como observantes, servidores dedicados de Adonai. Sólo las pruebas, tal como se describe en nuestro segundo pasaje de la Escritura, expondrá sus corazones, no a Di-s, pero a los que les rodean y para sí mismos.

 

Di-s pone a prueba nuestra honestidad! Claro que Él nos conoce por dentro y por fuera, pero es lo que sabemos de nosotros mismos? ¿Hay otras personas que realmente nos conocen y lo que realmente somos? Eso es lo que la humillación se habla en Devarim 8: 2, es todo! Humillarse separa lo real de lo falso. El verdadero recibirá las promesas que se presenta en Devarim 7: 12-15, el farsante será expuesto por lo que realmente es.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Verdadeiro ou Falso – Ekev

D’VAR TORAH

EKEV – PORQUE

Devarim (Deuteronômio) 7,12-11,25

 

 

Título: Verdadeiro ou Falso

 

Torá: Devarim / Deuteronômio 7: 12: 11: 25

Haftarah: Yeshayahu / Isaías 49: 14-51: 3

Brit Chadasha Yochanan / João 15: 1-17: 26

Devarim {07:12}Sucederá, pois, que, por ouvirdes estes chuchim( preceitos ), e os guardardes e cumprirdes, o Senhor teu De-s te guardará o Brit (pacto) e a misericórdia que com juramento prometeu a teus Avot (pais); {07:13}  ele te amará, te abençoará e te fará multiplicar; abençoará o fruto do teu ventre, e o fruto da tua terra, o teu grão, o teu mosto e o teu azeite, a criação das tuas vacas, e as crias dos teus rebanhos, na terra que com juramento prometeu a teus pais te daria. {07:14}  Bendito serás mais do que todos os povos; não haverá estéril no meio de ti, seja homem, seja mulher, nem entre os teus animais. {07:15) E o Senhor desviará de ti toda enfermidade; não porá sobre ti nenhuma das más doenças dos egípcios, que bem conheces; no entanto as porás sobre todos os que te odiarem.

Isso soa como um bom negócio, você não concorda? Em troca de seguir os mandamentos de De-s Ele vai nos abençoar e prosperar-nos com todas as bênçãos físicas. Na verdade, parece bom demais para ser verdade! O que nós aprendemos, através de bnei Yisrael (filhos de Israel), está sendo dado aqui é uma fórmula garantida para a riqueza, saúde e prosperidade, mas espere um minuto o que De-s quer dizer a seguir?

Devarim {8: 2} E te lembrarás de todo o caminho pelo qual o Senhor teu De-s tem te conduzido durante estes quarenta anos no deserto, a fim de te humilhar e te provar, para saber o que estava no teu coração, se guardarias ou não os seus mandamentos. {8: 3}  Sim, ele te humilhou, e te deixou ter fome, e te sustentou com o maná, que nem tu nem teus pais conhecíeis; para te dar a entender que o homem não vive só de pão, mas de tudo o que sai da boca do Senhor, disso vive o homem. {8: 4}  Não se envelheceram as tuas vestes sobre ti, nem se inchou o teu pé, nestes quarenta anos. {8: 5} Saberás, pois, no teu coração que, como um homem corrige a seu filho, assim te corrige o Senhor teu De-s.

Esta passagem soa quase como uma contradição à passagem anterior. Primeiro, uma pergunta vem à mente a respeito desta parte das Escrituras. De-s não é onisciente, depois de tudo o que nos diz que o Senhor tem para testar nossa sinceridade em cumprir Seus mandamentos? Será que Ele não é, portanto, conhecer o passado, presente e futuro? Será que ele não sabe tudo, desde o início dos tempos até o fim dos tempos? Assim como De-s tem que testar quando Ele já sabe o que está em nossos corações?

 

A resposta é porque há um grande número de crentes falsos lá fora. Ninguém gosta de uma pessoa falsa e muito menos um crente falso. Nós todos preferimos estar em torno e fazer negócios com pessoas honestas.

 

Tehilim (Salmos) {27:11} Ensina-me o teu caminho, Senhor, e guia-me pela vereda direita, por causa dos meus inimigos.

 

O que o salmista está dizendo é “Ensina-me a viver como você vive Eterno. Ensina-me a ser honesto.

 

Uma pessoa falsa (eles tentam impressionar as pessoas e fazer-se por ser mais do que são). Pessoas falsas são pessoas infelizes, porque eles têm que fingir ser algo que eles não são realmente. As pessoas honestas são transparentes; (eles estão abertos e confiantes em si mesmos no que eles são).

 

Como é nas relações humanas, por isso é com De-s. exige honestidade de nós. Você não pode usar uma máscara com De-s, você pode tentar, mas Ele vê atrás de sua máscara. A Bíblia nos ensina que De-s não olha para nós do lado de fora, mas Ele olha por dentro.

 

Muitas pessoas seguem os mandamentos, porque eles são religiosos. Essas pessoas acreditam mais na religião e, portanto, eles servem a religião, em vez de servir a De-s. O mais triste é que este tipo de pessoas, muitas vezes nem sabem que eles são religiosos. Muitas vezes aqueles que os rodeiam também não os vê como ser religiosos, mas sim vê-los como sendo observantes, servidores dedicados do Eterno. Só testando, conforme descrito em nossa segunda passagem da Escritura irá expor seus corações, não a De-s, mas para aqueles que estão ao seu redor.

 

De-s testa nossa honestidade! Claro que Ele nos conhece por dentro e por fora, mas que sabemos nós? As outras pessoas realmente nos conhecem e quem realmente é? Isso é o que a humilhação de que fala Devarim 8: 2, tem tudo a ver! Humilhar separa o real do falso. A verdadeira receberá as promessas, tal como apresentado em Devarim 7: 12-15, o falso será exposto para quem eles realmente são.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Opravdovost proti přetvářce – Ekev

Devar Tora

Ekev / protože

Devarim / 5. Mojžíšova (Deuteronomium) 7:12-11:25

 

 

Opravdovost proti přetvářce

 

Tóra:                            Devarim / 5. Mojžíšova (Deuteronomium) 7:12-11:25

Haftara:                       Ješa‘jahu / Izaiáš 49:14-51:3

Berit Chadaša:            Jochanan / Jan 15:1-17:26

 

Devarim (Deuteronomium) {7:12} Za to, že budete poslušní oněch zákonů a budete je zachovávat a uplatňovat, zachová Hospodin, tvůj Bůh, svou smlouvu a tobě milost, jak přísahal tvým otcům. {7:13} Bude tě milovat a žehnat ti a množit tě, žehnat plodům tvého břicha a plodům tvé půdy na půdě, již se zapřísáhl tvým otcům dát tobě, tvému obilí a moštu a oleji a vrhům tvého skotu a stádům tvého bravu. {7:14} Budeš požehnaný mezi všemi národy, mezi vámi a mezi tvým dobytkem se nevyskytne neplodný ani neplodná. {7:15} Hospodin od tebe odvrátí každou nemoc, žádnou ze zlých micrijských chorob, které jsi poznal, nepošle na tebe, ale na všechny tvé nepřátele. (Rabín Efraim Sidon)

 

To zní jako nabídka, kterou zkrátka a dobře nelze odmítnout! Nemyslíte? Výměnou za to, že se budeme řídit Božími přikázáními, je HA-ŠEM (doslova „to Jméno“, Hospodin) ochoten nám požehnat zde na zemi vším možným. No, není to skvělé? Vlastně to zní až podezřele moc dobře! Skoro to zní tak, jakoby se nám prostřednictvím BENEJ JISRA’EL (členů izraelské pospolitosti) konečně mohl do rukou dostat všemi tolik hledaný návod na zisk, bohatství a úspěch. Ale nepředbíhejme tolik. Co ty věty, které následují hned kousíček za tím?

 

Devarim (Deuteronomium) {8:2} A připomínej si celou tu cestu, jíž tě Hospodin, tvůj Bůh, vedl po čtyřicet let, aby tě soužil a zkoušel a tys poznal, co je v tvém srdci, zda jsi schopen zachovávat jeho příkazy či ne. {8:3} Soužil tě a hladem trápil, ale krmil tě manou, již jsi neznal ty ani tví otcové, aby ti dal poznat, že člověk nežije pouze chlebem, nýbrž že vším tím, co vychází z Hospodinových úst, je člověk živ. {8:4} Za čtyřicet let zde na tobě nezvetšely šaty a noha ti neotekla. {8:5} Svým srdcem jsi seznal, že tě Hospodin trestá, jako otec trestá svého syna. (Rabín Efraim Sidon)

 

To zase zní pro změnu téměř jako naprostý opak toho, co bylo řečeno předtím! Naštěstí to ale skutečně jen tak vypadá. O tom, že se opravdu nejedná o žádný protiklad, se přesvědčíme již za malou chvíli. Nejprve si ale zodpovězme následující otázku: Není snad Bůh vševědoucí? Jaký má tedy smysl, aby nás ha-Šem soužil a zkoušel naši upřímnost, pokud jde o zachovávání jeho přikázání? Cožpak to není tak, že ha-Šem zná celou minulost, současnost a dokonce i budoucnost? Nezná snad každičkou jednotlivost, která se kdy udála nebo teprve odehraje, a to od samého začátku dějin až po jejich konec? Tak proč má tedy Bůh potřebu nás jakkoliv zkoušet, když už stejně dávno dopředu ví, co je v našich srdcích?

 

Odpověď je nasnadě! Mezi těmi, co o sobě prohlašují, že jsou věřící, je stále mnoho pokrytců. Nikdo nemá rád neupřímné lidi, a už vůbec ne takové, co o sobě navíc s oblibou tvrdí, že jsou věřící. V běžném životě bychom všichni nejraději obchodovali jen se samými upřímnými lidmi, kterým se dá věřit a je na ně spoleh – to dá přece rozum.

 

Tehilim (Žalmy) {27:11} Hospodine, ukaž mi svou cestu, veď mě rovnou stezkou navzdory těm, kdo proti mně sočí. (Překlad 21. století)

 

Jinými slovy žalmista se pokoušel říci asi toto: „Nauč mě žít přesně tak, jak žiješ ty, Pane. Nauč mě upřímnosti a poctivosti.“

 

Pokrytci a nejrůznější podvodníci kolem sebe víří jen prach, snaží se za každou cenu na lidi zapůsobit a vzbudit v nich dojem, že jsou něčím víc, než čím ve skutečnosti jsou. Takoví lidé velice často bývají ve své podstatě nešťastní, protože musejí donekonečna předstírat a přetvařovat se, že jsou něčím, čím nejsou. Skutečně poctiví a upřímní lidé jsou naopak průzrační jako sklo. Bývají zkrátka otevření k ostatním, protože vědí kým jsou a jsou s tím spokojeni.

 

Podobně, jak je tomu v oblasti mezilidských vztahů, je tomu i ve vztahu k Bohu. I Bůh od nás očekává poctivost a upřímnost. Rozdíl je pouze v tom, že před Bohem se nemůžeme schovat do žádného převleku. Můžete to sice zkusit, ale Bůh stejně vidí pod každou škrabošku, kterou byste si nasadili. Samotná Bible nás totiž učí, že Bůh se nedívá na náš zevnějšek, ale na to, co je uvnitř nás.

 

Mnoho lidí dodržuje Boží přikázání jenom proto, že to berou za svou náboženskou povinnost. Takoví lidé ale ve skutečnosti věří jen v jakési náboženství a tak místo Bohu, slouží pouhému náboženství. Nejsmutnější na tom je ale to, že mnoho lidí, kteří slouží spíše náboženství než Bohu, si to velice často ani neuvědomuje. Často se též stává, že si to neuvědomuje ani jejich okolí. Lidé si mnohdy o takovém člověku myslí, že je to velice zbožný člověk či zanícený služebník Pána. Jsou to tedy nakonec pouze ony zkoušky, jež jsou zmíněny ve výše uvedeném druhém úryvku, které mohou prověřit a ukázat, co je skutečně v srdci člověka. Ne proto, že by to Bůh nevěděl a potřeboval to teprve dodatečně zjistit. Bůh to přece již všechno dávno ví! Bůh to nedělá kvůli sobě, ale dělá to jak pro nás, tak pro naše okolí, aby bylo přede všemi zjevné, co v naších srdcích opravdu je.

 

Bůh prověřuje naši upřímnost! Ano, Bůh nás zná skrz na skrz. Jak dobře ale známe sami sebe? A co teprve ostatní lidé a naše nejbližší okolí. Opravdu nás ostatní znají takové, jací skutečně jsme? A právě o tomto je celé to soužení a zkoušení z Devarim [Deuteronomium] 8:2! Soužení a zkoušky totiž viditelně oddělují upřímné věřící od těch neupřímných. Opravdoví věřící nakonec zdědí ta zaslíbení, o nichž jsme četli v Devarim [Deuteronomium] 7:12-15, pokrytci však ne, protože se prokážou takovými, jací doopravdy jsou.

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РЕ’Е – ВИЖ

Д‘ВАР ТОРА

РЕ’Е – ВИЖ

ДВАРИМ (ВТОРОЗАКОНИЕ) 11.26-16.17

 

 

Тора:                           Дварим/ Второзаконие 11:26-16:17

Афтара:                      Йешаяху/ Исая 54:11-55:5

Брит Хадаша:             Йоханан /Йоан 15:1-17:26

 

 

 

Дварим  (Второзаконие){11:29}  А когато Господ твоят Бог те въведе в земята, към която отиваш, за да я притежаваш, тогава да положиш благословението на хълма Гаризин, а проклетията на хълма Гевал.

 

Децата на Израел, ръководени от Исус Навин,  се намираха отвъд р. Йордан, срещу Йерихон, на югозапад от който се намират хълма Гаризин и хълма Гевал. Те бяха готови да влязат в обещаната Земя. При завладяването на земята Исус Навин най-напред завзе Гилгал, където разположи щаба си. След това децата на Израел се отправиха към Йерихон и стените му паднаха! След завладяването на Йерихон Исус Навин се насочи към долината Еалон и порази царя на Гай. След това Исус Навин се насочи на север към хълмовете Гаризин и Гевал.

 

Исус Навин {8:30} Тогава Исус издигна олтар на Господа Израилевия Бог на хълма Гевал, {8:31} както Господният слуга Моисей беше заповядал на израилтяните, според написаното в книгата на Моисеевия закон, олтар от цели камъни, по които желязно сечиво не се бе издигнало; и принесоха на него всеизгаряния Господу, и пожертвуваха примирителни приноси. {8:32} И там написа на камъните един препис на Моисеевия закон, който написа пред израилтяните. {8:33} И целият Израил, със старейшините им, първенците и съдиите им, чужденци и туземци, застанаха отсам и оттам ковчега, срещу левитските свещеници, които държаха ковчега на Господния завет, – едната им половина към хълма Гаризин, и другата им половина към хълма Гевал, – както Господният слуга Моисей беше заповядал по-напред, за да благославят Израилевите люде. {8:34} И след това прочете всичките думи на закона, благословенията и проклетиите, според всичко каквото бе написано в книгата на закона.{8:35} От всичко що заповяда Моисей нямаше дума, която Исус не прочете пред всичките събрани израилтяни, с жените, децата и чужденците, които се събираха между тях.

 

Защо Бог избра точно тези два хълма за благословение и проклятие? Не знаем със сигурност, но достигнах до някои заключения. Първо, те се намират близо един до друг и между тях се намира гр. Сихем, където Дина беше изнасилена и Симеон изби мъжете на града. Второ, това са единствените два хълма, които се намират в централен Израел от изток на запад и единствените почти в центъра на страната от север на юг. Трето, това са най-високите хълмове в тази географска област. Четвърто, много е вероятно ханаанците да са жертвали на боговете си на тези хълмове поради тяхното разположение и височина.

Дварим  (Второзаконие) {12:2} Да разорите всичките места гдето народите, които ще завладеете, са служили на боговете си, по високите планини, по хълмовете и под всяко зелено дърво: {12:3} и да съсипете жертвениците им, да строшите стълбовете им, да изгорите с огън ашерите им, да съсечете изваяните образи на боговете им и да изличите имената им от онова място. {12:4} А спрямо Господа вашия Бог да не постъпвате така.

 

Мястото, където езичниците са жертвали на своите демони по тези високи хълмове, е било точното място, където децата на Израел да си издигнат символ, който да им напомня за опасностите на това да последват религиозните практики на ханаанците и да оставят благословенията, произтичащи от следването на Бога.

 

Също така е интересно, че Бог избра да постави проклятията на хълма Гевал, който е 57.9 метра по-висок от хълма Гаризин. Какво е значението на това? Вярвам, че така както ханаанците се покланяха на езическите си богове, мислейки си, че се приближават до тях, същото се случва и с нас, когато съгрешаваме и поставяме себе си над Бога на небето и земята. Хълмът Гевал е трябвало да бъде картина на човек, който се превъзвишава над Единия Истинен Бог. От друга страна хълмът Гаризин, който е бил по-нисък от Гевал, е служил като прототип на човек, който се смирява и получава благословенията. Въпреки че и двата хълма са близо един до друг, можем да смятаме, че по-голямата част от езическите поклонения са се извършвали на хълма Гевал, поради височината му.

 

Избирайки тези два хълма, Бог ни казва, че, ако издигаме себе си, ще получим проклятия, а ако се смиряваме, ще получим благословения. Както сме споменавали и в предни параши, Бог използва много символични картини в Библията.

 

Яков{4:10} Смирявайте се пред Господа, и Той ще ви възвишава.

 

Горделивите винаги издигат себе си над смирените, така както хълмът Гевал се издигаше над хълма Гаризин. Но мястото на благословение беше Гаризин, а на проклятие Гевал!

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